Written answers

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Department for Transport: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether any social events took place between three or more people within his Departmental buildings between (a) 5 November 2020 and 1 December 2020...

    • Tetraethyllead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place (a) Ministerial correspondence and (b) minutes of conservations with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on his...

      Aviation: Tetraethyllead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the use of tetraethyl lead in aviation.

      Driving Tests: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the current waiting times for practical driving tests in (a) City of Durham and (b) the North East.

      Driving Licences: Solihull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce DVLA application waiting times in Solihull constituency.

      Department for Transport: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of his Department are qualified to assess if a rail company is meeting the cyber security regulations.

      Department for Transport: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what qualifications are required for staff within the Department for Transport to be able to review and sign off cybersecurity self-assessments.

      Train Operating Companies: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cyber incident reports his Department received from rail companies that received a green rating in their cyber security self-assessment test...

      Public Transport: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many reports of cyber incidents in respect of public transport infrastructure his Department received in each of the last 12 months.

      Public Transport: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what preparations his Department is making to safeguard against a cyber-attack on public transport infrastructure.

      Motor Vehicles: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many responses the Government received to its consultation entitled Future of transport regulatory review: modernising vehicle standards.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to create a dedicated HGV driver task force to tackle challenges facing that industry.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has undertaken an assessment of the number of international travellers expected to travel to and from the UK over the Christmas...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help ensure that carbon emissions from heavy goods vehicles are substantially reduced before 2030.

      Motor Vehicles: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to invest in the development of hydrogen powered vehicles.

      Motor Vehicles: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to facilitate the roll out of additional hydrogen fuelling stations.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment his Department has made of congestion levels in areas where Active Travel Fund projects have been implemented.

      Roads Policing Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans to publish the Government's response to the Roads Policing Review Call for Evidence.

      Driving under Influence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Government has spent on anti-drink driving campaigns in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021 as of 9 December 2021.

      Contact Tracing: Travel Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason air crew are exempt from filling in a passenger locator form, in the context of increasing prevalence of the omicron variant of covid-19.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Nuclear Power: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will commit to using UK fuel for reactors in the UK and provide certainty to organisations through...

    • Fuel Poverty: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of pensioners at risk of fuel poverty following the increase in the...

      Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department set targets for the number of households that will apply for Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive...

      Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to finalise hydrogen business models; and when he plans to publish those models.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to (a) increase investment in the retrofit market and (b) create a sustainable supply chain,...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what lessons his Department has learned from the Green Homes Grant for the development of future retrofit incentive schemes.

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government will take to ensure that an EPC regime based on real performance informs the retrofit...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how the Government intends to build on its strategies in the Path to Zero and Heat and Building to deliver UK...

      Nuclear Power: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what policy framework his Department plans to implement to support the development of modular reactors to ensure that...

      Nuclear Power: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to increase the production of green hydrogen from nuclear energy.

      Minerals: Supply Chains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government has taken to develop (a) upstream, (b) midstream and (c) downstream sections of the critical...

      Manufacturing Industries: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to help manufacturing companies manage rising costs of (a) raw materials and (b) energy.

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Care Homes and Hospitals: Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that visits to (a) NHS appointments, (b) family members of patients in hospitals and (c) people in care...

    • Trodelvy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has made to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on delays to the expected approval of...

      Ambulance Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the longest waiting time for a 999 call to be answered by each ambulance service (a) from 1 to 15 October 2021 and (b)...

      Health Education England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to announce the detailed funding allocation for Health Education England.

      National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ask NICE to undertake an analysis of whether its proposed new methods for assessing medicines will improve the access of NHS...

      Migraines: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to help ensure eligible people with migraines can access NICE-approved calcitonin gene-related peptide antibody...

      Innovate Healthcare Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of NHS Improvement's adherence to the Addendum to the transactions guidance for trusts forming or changing a...

      In-FACT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether Ministers in his Department will meet with hon. Members and INFACT to discuss the impact of Sodium Valproate in pregnancy; and...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to correspondence from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 20th September 2021, (b) 18 October...

      NHS and Social Services: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of the (a) NHS and (b) social care staff in York who are yet to receive a covid-19 vaccine are eligible for that vaccine.

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the referrals of (a) Excalibur Healthcare, (b) JD.com, (c) Monarch Acoustics Ltd and (d) Nine United Ltd to the high priority...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what records his Department holds on the referral of Global United Trading by Dominic Cummings to the high priority lane for supply of...

      Ambulance Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with representatives of the North West Ambulance Service to tackle long waiting times.

      Mechanical Thrombectomy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions officials in his Department have had with the General Medical Council on the investment needed to support a...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many of his Department's (a) laptops, (b) mobile phones, (c) memory sticks and (d) external hard drives have been lost or stolen in...

      Health Professions: Re-employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many medically trained people have returned from retirement to relieve shortages in response to requests.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the number of beds in NHS England hospitals.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timeline is for developing a plan to drive innovation in PrEP delivery under the HIV Action Plan; and which groups his...

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence his Department holds of predicted future hospitalisation rates from the Omicron variant of covid-19.

      Oral Tobacco: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2021 to Question 72543, on Oral Tobacco, what the serious adverse health outcomes caused by snus...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve waiting times for covid-19 PCR test results.

      Coronavirus: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason the most recent covid-19 restrictions do not prohibit mixing in social settings.

      Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the pressures on NHS Trusts in north London as of 22 November 2021; and what steps he plans to take to...

      Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to Question 67052 tabled by the hon. Member for Westminster North.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire dated 10 September 2021 regarding NHS procurement...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to provide a substantive response to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Manchester Gorton dated 17 September 2021...

      Catheters: Urinary Tract Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of requiring Integrated Care Systems to record the number of catheter...

      Surgery: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of operations that the NHS will procure in private hospitals over the next three months.

      Coronavirus: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the total cost was of setting up, running and closing the Nightingale hospitals.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what areas of concern his Department has identified for patient demand versus the operational capacity of hospitals in (a) Slough, (b)...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department's publication entitled PPE procurement in the early pandemic, published on 17 November 2021, on what...

      Health and Social Care Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the financial cost of increases in employers' National Insurance contributions relating to NHS...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what records his Department holds on the referral of PPE Medpro by Baroness Mone to the high priority lane for personal protective...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what items of surplus personal protective equipment his Department has placed for sale to other NATO countries via e-portal and from...

      Agency Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many agency nurses were employed in NHS hospital trusts in England in each month since March 2020; and what proportion did those...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the referrals of (a) Uniserve Ltd and (b) Worldlink to the high priority lane for PPE supply during the covid-19 outbreak were...

      Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which (a) ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants referred (i) Meller Designs Limited and (ii) Liaoning Zhongqiao Overseas...

      Hospitals: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 16 November 2021 to Question 72598 on Hospitals: Coronavirus, whether his Department has made an assessment of...

      Hospitals: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department holds data on the average number of people delayed per day as part of delayed transfers of care in hospital for...

      Social Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to end out of area placements for people with learning disabilities.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has plans tackle the misdiagnosis of ME patients; and with whom NICE plans to work to raise awareness of that...

      Mental Health Services: Autism and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2021 to Question 53847 on Mental Health Services: Autism and Learning Disability, what engagement...

      Coronavirus: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 July 2021 to Question 34525, whether his Department has made a comparative assessment of the risk of...

      Tourette's Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to improve (a) diagnostic processes and (b) subsequent support for people with Tourette's syndrome; and if he...

      Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, (a) what steps he is taking to improve the availability of children's mental health services and (b) whether he plans to increase funding...

      Health Services: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to increase security in patient care facilities for those who are victims of (a) knife and (b) other violent crimes.

      Dementia: Diagnosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received from relevant stakeholders and health organisations on plans to tackle the dementia diagnosis backlog.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he plans to take to increase capacity in the social care sector over the next four months.

      Social Work: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has a workforce plan for social work for (a) adults and (b) children.

      Mental Health Services: Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the funding announced for parent and infant mental health in the Spending Review 2021 will be used to close the gaps in provision...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people have been diagnosed with motor neurone disease in the last three years.

      Mental Health Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support he will make available to help ensure that mental health providers receive a good or outstanding rating from the CQC.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to embed a social model of mental health over a medical model.

      Autism and Learning Disability: Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October 2021 to Question 53847 on Autism and Learning Disability, when he plans to publish the...

      Social Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to ensure that care providers rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission are prohibited from...

      Mental Health Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to ensure that human rights of people with learning disabilities and the needs of their carers are taken into...

      Social Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the provision of learning disability services.

      Social Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made of the number of people working in learning disability services compared to the need for those services.

      Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he will take to prioritise cancer (a) diagnosis, (b) treatment and (c) care over the winter period.

      Genetics: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2021 to Question 59814, on Genetics: Screening, whether data will be (a) collected and (b)...

      Cardiovascular Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Association of British HealthTech Industries'...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason there is not a stroke policy lead in his Department.

      Strokes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact on patient care of approximately half of all hospitals having vacancies for consultants in stroke.

      General Practitioners: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the West Midlands...

      Prostate Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to NHS England data from March 2020 to September 2021 which shows that urgent suspected urology cancer referrals were at...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) increase the number of GP appointments available in line with local housing developments and (b) ensure an...

      Earwax: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what course of action is available to patients in the event that ear wax removal is not provided by a CCG and self care does not work.

      General Practitioners: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage more general practices in (a) Enfield North, (b) Greater London, and (c) England...

      Earwax: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what alternative arrangements are available for ear wax removal by NHS England where it is not commissioned by a CCG.

      Cancer: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the new NHS funding announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review will double the number of cancer specialist nurses.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the British Medical Association's analysis of pressures in general practice, published 11 November 2021, what...

      Health Services: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure accountability for the delivery of the forthcoming Women’s Health Strategy.

      Earwax: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the impact of patients being unable to access ear wax services through the NHS on the...

      Earwax: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number of people presenting to the NHS with injuries suffered as a result of treating...

      Health Services: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reduce inequalities in healthcare for women.

      Earwax: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the level of capacity within the NHS for (a) workforce and (b) equipment and facilities to...

      Midwives and Obstetrics: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the extent of shortages in (a) midwives and (b) obstetricians in the NHS in England.

      Long Covid: Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the ability of long covid clinics to offer a full range of treatments and advice for patients in a timely...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the letter dated 29 March 2021 from NHS England and DHSC to NHS primary care dental contract holders, what progress has...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what incentives are available to encourage NHS dentists to practice in areas with unmet dental need.

      General Practitioners: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many GP’s have left the profession in (a) South Yorkshire, (b) England and (c) the UK in each of the last five years.

      Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the rate of new covid-19 infections has been over the last three weeks in England amongst patients who are (a) fully, (b) partially...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will implement measures to ensure convalescent covid-19 positive travellers are not disadvantaged by the Government's covid-19...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when vaccines administered overseas may be recorded via a method that shows that status in the NHS App; and if he will make a statement.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in the context of transmission of covid-19 being able to occur between people who have been vaccinated, for what reason the Government is...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 restrictions on certification announced on 8 December 2021, what advice his Department is giving to people...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential for covid-19 nasal vaccines being introduced as part of the NHS vaccination...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 3 December 2021 to Question 80898 on Coronavirus: Vaccination, what steps he is taking to help ensure a higher...

      HIV Infection: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether additional funding is being put in place for local authorities, including public health funding, to deliver the HIV Action Plan.

      HIV Infection: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which body at a local level will be responsible for funding HIV support services in England.

      Smoking: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2021 to Question 72542, if his Department will make an assessment of the relative risks of...

      HIV Infection: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in what way the HIV Action Plan will help tackle health inequalities and end new HIV transmissions by 2030.

      HIV Infection: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in what way the HIV Action Plan will help ensure that people living with HIV get the support they need.

  • Department for Education

    • Curriculum: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will make a comparative assessment of the (a) percentage of asylum seekers at a school and (b) applications for disapplication of the national...

    • Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will issue updated guidance on disapplication of the national curriculum.

      Children: Social services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to develop strong leadership in children's social work.

      Children: Social services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to attract (a) people and (b) mature students into social work careers with children and young people.

      Children: Social services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the caseload for social workers working with children (a) nationally and (b) in York.

      Children: Social services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he plans to take to ensure stability in the social worker workforce.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Sure Start centres have closed or been downgraded in each of the last 10 years in (a) Enfield North, (b) London and (c) England.

      Holiday Activities and Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the reach of the Schools Holidays and Activities Programme was over summer 2021; and what proportion of children on free school meals accessed...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps he has taken to support nurseries, childminders, and other early years providers in (a) Enfield North, (b) London and (c) England.

      Free School Meals: Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the continued provision of free school meals to children whose families are...

      GCE A-level and GCSE: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to introduce measures for the assessment of (a) GCSEs and (b) A-Levels for the 2021-22 academic year to reflect disruption from...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish guidance on the rules for isolation of classrooms in the event that a pupil in the class tests positive for the Omicron Covid-19...

      BTEC Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment has been made on the impact of removing BTEC courses.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Ministry of Justice: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any social events took place between three or more people within his Departmental buildings between (a) 5 November 2020 and 1 December 2020 and...

    • Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convicted offenders were released in error from (a) courts and (b) prisons since 2010; what the reasons were for those releases; and what the...

      Prisoners' Release: Families

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department has taken since the Farmer Review to increase the involvement of families in release planning.

      Prisoners' Release: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department is taking to assist offenders to obtain employment after their release from prison.

      Prisoners: Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what baseline assessment is used to judge improvements in basic numeracy and literacy rates of offenders in prison.

      Prison Officers: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what consultations his Department has had with prison officers before raising their retirement age to 68.

  • Treasury

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to allow the backdating of eligibility for access to covid-19 business support based on rateable value in cases where the...

    • Retail Trade: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individual (a) supermarket, (b) retail warehouse and parks, (c) shopping centre and (d) shops properties there are in (i) each English region and...

      Tax Collection: Exemptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what standards or criteria are used by HMRC to assess whether to apply a discretionary exemption from tax collection for a person who has been a victim of...

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to Which analysis, published 9 December 2021, on the increased rate of bank branch closures in the last 12 months, if he will make it his...

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the introduction of model litigant principles into the regulatory frameworks for (a) companies,...

      Public Expenditure: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what Barnett consequential will the Welsh Government receive from the £12.8bn allocated to the HS2 East Core Network in the Integrated Rail Plan.

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to support towns, cities and communities in the UK that are conducting voluntary local...

    • Central African Republic: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the roles of (a) Wagner mercenaries, (b) Government forces and (c) rebel...

      China: Uighurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the treatment of Uyghur Christians in Xianjaing, China.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many and what proportion of the target to donate 100 million covid-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries by...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals...

      Ethiopia: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact on the risk of (a) starvation and (b) malnourishment of the suspension...

      China: Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether any (a) UK officials, (b) Ministers or (c) diplomatic representatives will attend the Beijing 2022 Winter...

      Uyghur Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the independent Uyghur...

      Cybercrime: Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the letter to her of 11 November 2021 from ten hon. Members calling on the Government to...

      Developing Countries: Poliomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to sustain progress towards global polio eradication, including through the...

      Cristina Cantillo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the killing of human rights and LGBT rights...

      South Sudan: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she has taken to ensure that the humanitarian response in South Sudan is scaled to meet the needs of...

      South Sudan: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what additional funding she has allocated to the emergency flood response in South Sudan.

      South Sudan: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she has taken to ensure that basic water and sanitation services are available in the Bentiu camp for...

      Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will prioritise the children and armed conflict agenda within the Government’s updated approach to...

      Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to hold to account those responsible for the recruitment and use of children in conflict.

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any social events took place between three or more people within his Departmental buildings between (a) 5 November 2020 and 1 December 2020 and...

    • Warships: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the speech by the First Sea Lord on 19 May 2021, what steps he plans to take to double the number of deployable destroyer and frigate...

      Army: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his oral contribution of 25 November 2021, Official Report, column 484, what estimate he has made of the number of Army personnel...

      Army: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2021 to Question 83229 on Army: Reorganisation, what estimate he has made of the total planned strength of the...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan nationals who applied to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme between 1 April 2021 and 15 August 2021 (a) have...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan nationals with letters of eligibility for the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme were not evacuated as of (a) 28 August...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan nationals who applied to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme between 1 April 2021 and 15 August 2021 are being processed...

      Afghanistan: Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan nationals applied to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme between 1 April 2021 and 15 August 2021.

      Boxer Vehicles: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to conduct reliability growth trials for Boxer.

      Artillery: Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what vehicle is intended to replace the AS90 artillery capability when the AS90 retires.

      Artillery: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost of the Mobile Fires Programme is and if the programme will remain on budget.

      Artillery: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when does he expect the Mobile Fires Programme to reach initial operational capability.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Department for Work and Pensions: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether any social events took place between three or more people within her Departmental buildings between (a) 5 November 2020 and 1 December...

    • Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of working universal credit recipients are paid by their employers on a non-monthly cycle.

      Social Security Benefits: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of benefit claimants who have died by suicide in each of the last three years.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Solihull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits for Solihull constituency of her Department's new office at Jago House, Solihull.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department has assessed the potential merits of increasing child maintenance payments for recipients who have lost between 20 and...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Farms: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2021 to Question 13877 on Farms: Finance, if he will publish an update on the membership...

    • Wood-burning Stoves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department holds a register of conflicts of interest declared by certification bodies in the wood stove industry.

      Wood-burning Stoves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Environment Act 2021 amends the emission limits for appliance exemptions in the wood stove industry.

      Timber: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusions of the HETAS report, A review of the...

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he provide details of when Defra has agreed revisions to application fees for the exemption of an appliance or appliances...

      Wood-burning Stoves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether consistency with British Standard PD6434:1969, Recommendations for the design and testing of smoke reducing solid...

      Wood-burning Stoves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he will take to ensure that only the cleanest wood-burning stoves will be available for sale by 2022.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference page 43 of the Digest of UK Energy Statistics Annual Data for the UK, 2020, Chapters 1 to 7, published by the...

      Wood-burning Stoves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are taken to test solid fuel appliances under the Ecodesign Regulations.

      Wood-burning Stoves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken protect (a) consumers and (b) public health by standards set by certification bodies in...

      Rural Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on financial...

      Water Companies: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that bonuses paid to senior water company management are aligned with their...

      Rivers: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of river safety.

      Sustainable Development: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has he made of the effectiveness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in providing a framework for towns,...

      Agriculture: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Ministers in his Department have carried out official visits to Shropshire in the last 12 months to discuss the...

  • Home Office

    • Home Office: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any social events took place between three or more people within her Departmental buildings between (a) 5 November 2020 and 1...

    • Large Goods Vehicle Drivers: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has made an assessment of the potential merits of allowing trained HGV drivers from Zimbabwe to take up residency in the UK to...

      Passports: Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether officials in her Department have had discussions with representatives of TNT about complaints in respect of their passport delivery...

      Passports: Delivery Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of complaints in respect of the delivery of passports since TNT became the delivery provider.

      Refugees: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of Afghans who arrived under Operation Pitting have received Indefinite Leave to Remain.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to (a) maintain existing and (b) open new safe and legal routes to asylum in the UK.

      Police: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police staff in England and Wales were dedicated to working on fraud cases as of (a) 1 January 2017, (b) 1 January 2018, (c) 1...

      Sexual Offences: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the effectiveness of her Department's policies to tackle sexual offences against women and girls.

      Hate Crime: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has plans to classify attacks based on incel misogyny as hate crimes triggering longer sentences.

      Animal Experiments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2021 to Question 80330 on Animal Experiments: Scotland, if she will provide the estimated and specific...

      Migrants: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the annual saving to the public purse of the no recourse to public funds policy.

      Business: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many businesses have been victims of criminal cyber attacks in each of the last five years.

      Motorcycles: Antisocial Behaviour and Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment her Department has made of trends in the levels of anti-social behaviour and crime associated with off-road bikes in...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference the recommendations of the Independent Review of Drugs by Dame Carol Black published on 27 July 2021, whether all of those...

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what comparative assessment she had made of (a) the increased funding for drug treatment and wider recovery support recommended by Dame...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people born in the UK who had their British citizenship removed in each year since 2002 (a) had dual nationality and (b) belonged...

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many have people born in the UK have had their British citizenship removed in each year since 2002.

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

    • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether any social events took place between three or more people within his Departmental buildings between (a) 5 November...

    • Retail Trade: Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many retail properties in (a) Barrow in Furness, (b) Bolton, (c) Blyth, (d) Carlisle, (e) Darlington, (f) Hartlepool,...

      Local Government: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on the emergence of Omicron and the number of...

      Local Government: Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department has plans to reintroduce remote meeting options for local authorities in response to the Omicron...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 17 July 2021, reference ZA57019,...

      Leasehold: Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, with reference to the oral contribution of the former Secretary of State of 11 January 2021, Official Report, column...

      Sleeping Rough: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what assessment he has made of the success of district councils on implementing the Everyone In campaign in the early...

      Urban Areas: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to support sustainability initiatives in towns, cities, and local communities across...

      Luton Airport: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will urgently acknowledge the multiple call-in requests for Luton Council planning application reference...

  • Scotland Office

    • Scotland Office: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether any social events took place between three or more people within his Departmental buildings between (a) 5 November 2020 and 1 December 2020 and...

    • Storms: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support provided by the Government to people in Scotland affected by Storm Arwen.

      Devolution: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the (a) Levelling Up Fund and (b) Shared Prosperity Fund on the devolution settlement for Scotland.

      Scotland Office: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps he is taking to increase the number of apprentices in his Department.

      Energy: Scotland

      What discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the impact of energy price rises on Scottish businesses.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Type 26 Frigates: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the export value of the Type 26 frigate in the latest period for which figures are available.

    • Department for International Trade: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many of her Department's (a) laptops, (b) mobile phones, (c) memory sticks and (d) external hard drives have been lost or stolen in each...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the press release of 3 December 2021 entitled Building Digital UK to become executive agency of DCMS, what...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Conversion Therapy: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how the Government's proposals for a legislative ban on conversion therapy will safeguard the right to offer legitimate support, therapy or challenge...

  • Prime Minister

    • Lord Brownlow of Shurlock Row

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to the Electoral Commission investigation report of 9 December 2021, whether his WhatsApp messages to Lord Brownlow of 29 November 2020 were sent from...

  • Department for Transport

    • Ryde Pier Head Station: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that South West Trains provide passengers with the ability to buy all types of train tickets from Ryde Pierhead station.

    • Ferries: Solent

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the three cross-Solent ferry operators, to ensure that Isle of Wight residents travelling for NHS treatment on...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation: Hydrogen

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reform the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to stimulate investment in hydrogen production.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a cost-benefit analysis was undertaken for (1) the Eastern leg of HS2, and (2) HS2 Phase 2B West, prior to their decision to cancel those rail projects;...

      Railways: Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Integrated Rail Plan on rail journey times to Scotland.

      Railways: Tree Felling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what policy Network Rail follows for the felling of trees alongside railway lines; what assessment they have made of the carbon impact of this policy; and what...

      Great British Railways

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of the Great British Railways programme when it comes into effect.

      Network Rail: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial (1) efficiencies, and (2) inefficiencies, of Network Rail.

      Railways: Commuters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of recent change in the number of (1) rail commuters, compared to (2) leisure travel passengers; and what steps they taking to...

      Public Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the financial implications for public transport providers from the reduction in commuters using public transport due to the...

      River Fords

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many river fords are on British roads; what records are kept about the location and numbers of river fords; and which authorities keep any such records.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact reducing rail fares would have on passenger numbers.

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether National Highways’ management of Historical Railways estate structures is in accordance with the best practice...

      Railways: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many, if any, National Highways contracts were awarded between 21 September and 25 October for preparatory works at structures that the Stakeholder Advisory...

      Ferries: Isles of Scilly and Solent

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what grants were made to each of the (1) cross-Solent ferry operators, and (2) Isles of Scilly operators, during the temporary suspension of competition law due to...

  • Attorney General

    • Arrests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they give to the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to the maximum time after an individual has been arrested on suspicion of an offence that they...

  • Ministry of Justice

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Ethiopia: Monuments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the desecration of the grave and memorial of the late Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zanawi, at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in...

    • Nicaragua: Elections and Political Prisoners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Ambassador of Nicaragua on (1) the reported flaws in the election of 7 November in that country, and (2) the conditions in...

      Developing Countries: Older People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to assess the effectiveness of their Official Development Assistance disbursement in meeting the (1) rights, and (2) needs, of older...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • 3 Commando Brigade: Deployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it will be possible for a fully formed and equipped 3 Commando Brigade to be embarked on shipping that (1) is owned by, or is under the control of,...

    • Aircraft Carriers: Deployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether both of the Royal Navy's aircraft carriers are fully operational and can be deployed simultaneously; and in the event of such deployments, how many...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their most recent assessment of the availability of food to meet demand over the Christmas season; and what discussions they have held with major...

  • Home Office

    • Arrests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the longest time an individual has been under arrest on suspicion of an offence before being charged with that offence.

    • Meta: Ofcom

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to give Ofcom emergency powers to investigate Facebook's encrypted messaging plans before they are introduced.

  • Treasury

    • Financial Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment that have made of the size of the financial services market to which (1) the Financial Services Act 2021 applies, and (2) the climate change...

    • Companies: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 15 November (HL3607), what discussions they have had with the Financial Conduct Authority in...

      Money Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 25 November (HL Deb, cols 1002–03), what sanctions may be imposed, and by whom, on financial...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Football: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to require all football clubs to have an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion action plan to be assessed as part of the annual club licensing process.

    • Public Telephones

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the removal of public telephone boxes; and what steps they will take to retain public telephone boxes in rural areas with poor...

  • The Senior Deputy Speaker

    • Catering and Retail Services (HL): Eggs

      To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker whether the House of Lords Catering and Retail Services have been sourcing egg products from (1) Belgium, or (2) any other non-UK country; and what...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Gender Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 30 November (HL Deb, col 1274), what is their interpretation of the term 'gender identity'.

    • Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Sharpe of Epsom 30 November (HL Deb, col 1274), whether the statement that "the UK is committed to the principle of...

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